In keeping with punk’s preference for short, punchy songs, it was only a couple of years after the scene appeared that "post-punk" was being touted as its successor. In a way that was misleading, as some bands continued unchanged. But it also encapsulated a truth: the music was evolving and changing.

John Lydon formed Public Image Limited, Siouxsie and the Banshees expanded their sound, Killing Joke formed. In the US, Television’s powerful Marquee Moon was released in 1977 and is considered a landmark album. Australia’s Boys Next Door became the Birthday Party then Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

The post-punk sound is considered to have been highly influential in the development of Alt/Indie rock in the 1980s and beyond.